Man wanted in Kanpur blast arrested in Mumbai

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Lucknow, Feb 26 (PTI) A man, wanted in connection withthe 2000 Kanpur blast case, has been arrested in Mumbai by ajoint team of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra ATS officials.

Mohammad Asad alias Arshad, an accused in the blastwhich injured three policemen, was arrested yesterday at NalaSopara-West in Mumbai, ATS officials said today.

Arshad was absconding since the August 14, 2000, blastin Arya Nagar area of Kanpur, they said, adding that he waspresently working in Astech Internet Solution in Nala Sopara.

According to ATS, Arshad confessed that he was amember of SIMI and they had planned serial blasts on August15, 2000, for which they planted RDX in a pressure cooker andtested it also. However, blasts did not occur on theIndependence Day.

After the blast on August 14, he fled to Mumbai toevade arrest.

"The ATS has got transit remand of Arshad and hewill be brought to UP for further interrogation", they said.

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